Shahidan questions why PH lost three by-elections

Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) said if 70% of Malays were to unite, they could take power in Putrajaya.

KUALA LUMPUR: An Opposition MP today claimed that Pakatan Harapan would not have lost the three by-elections if it had been running the country well since taking over last year.

Shahidan Kassim (BN-Arau) said PH had won the 2018 general election as it had the trust of the people.

“(But) if the rakyat still supports PH, then why did PH lose three by-elections,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat, referring to by-elections in Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau.

Shahidan added that if 70% of the Malays were to unite, they could take control of Putrajaya.

However, Wong Hon Wai (PH-Bukit Bendera) said that as the ruling party Pakatan Harapan enjoyed greater support from the rakyat.

Speaking at a debate on a motion requiring asset declaration of MPs, Wong said the MPs for Tanjung, Nibong Tebal, and Bagan had been more successful in their political careers after declaring their assets. He added that the rakyat would punish the opposition for failing to do so.

Wong was then criticised by Noh Omar (BN-Tanjong Karang) with regard to the court case that Lim Guan Eng (PH-Bagan) had faced on corruption charges.

“I hear you are praising Penang (elected representatives) who have declared their assets but I think you have forgotten the court case involving the Finance Minister,” said Noh Omar.

Lim has rejected claims that he was involved in a corruption scandal in connection with a proposed RM36 billion infrastructure project involving a 7.2km undersea tunnel and roads project. He said the allegations were “ridiculous lies”.

Noh Omar also challenged PH leaders to urge the government to speed up investigations into 1MDB, the government investment arm at the centre of corruption, money laundering and fraud allegations.